I love a good pamper session and a face mask is an integral part of that. I have my favourites but am always up for trying some new ones in case they offer something different. When I saw this Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Kit, I had to buy it because I'd been wanting to try some PTR masks for a while and at £24, it wasn't too expensive and I could try all six masks from the brand. I've been using them over the past 5/6 weeks and am ready to share my thoughts on them with you! Although the tubes are mini, there are about 4 uses in each one, which is pretty good. For reference, I have dry and sometimes reactive skin.
Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: This is the mask that I was most excited to try because Jasmine and Leanne both highly recommend it - they both like a lot of other skincare products that I love so I had a feeling I would too. First off, I hate the scent - I'm just not a fan of anything cinammon or pumpkin-scented, but I can get over products that don't smell great if they work! This masks works in three ways - it exfoliates, peels and polishes the skin due to the AHAs, enzymes and aluminium oxide it contains. It has a warming effect on the skin and although my skin is well used to exfoliators, it did sting a little initially. When I remove the mask, my skin is red although it doesn't actually feel sore or tight and it soon returns to its normal colour. I have to say that this mask lives up to my expectations - my skin is left feeling soft and smooth and when the redness calms down, my skin looks radiant. I will buy a full size of this when I finish some other masks.
Rose Stem Cell Bio Repair Gel Mask: I'm not usually a fan of gel masks but this one is an exception because it really works well at calming and soothing the skin. I tend to use this after the pumpkin enzyme mask to balance my skin. It hydrates and plumps my skin and with consistent use, my skin appears firm and bouncy. I may purchase a full size, however I do have other masks that deliver the same results.
24K Gold Mask: This mask contains pure gold and colloidal gold - I am familiar with the latter as the Omorovicza Gold collection contains it. Gold has anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating and firming properties so I had high hopes for this mask. I really dislike the gloopy texture of this mask - it can be a little tricky to remove. Like with products that don't smell great, I don't mind strange textures if the product works but this mask just isn't for me. I didn't notice any difference in the tone of my skin and it wasn't noticeably firmer either. It does plump and hydrate the skin a bit but I have masks that perform much better and I really don't think that this is worth £77.
Irish Moor Mud Mask: Every skin type can benefit from a good mud mask to detox the skin. The problem I have with most mud masks is that they dry my skin out, the exception being Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask. This PTR mask is formulated with Irish Moor Mud, which is described as acting like a magnet, drawing out toxins and sebum from the skin. It is also rich in iron, vitamins B1, B2 and C, volcanic ash and seaweed. The result of using this mask is clear, decongested, yet hydrated skin. It doesn't leave my skin feeling or looking as tight and firm as the Omorovicza mask (see post here), but it definitely leaves it clear and radiant.
Cucumber Gel Mask: I know that any products containing cucumber will depuff and soothe my skin and generally, they will have a gel texture, which I am just not the greatest fan of. This mask was nice to use after an AHA product, but I really do have better/more effective products. That being said, my husband had a red patch where some eczema had been loitering for a few days and this mask was ideal for him as it calmed the area down, reduced the redness and itchiness so if you have similar skin issues then you might want to try this mask. It worked even better when stored in the fridge as that enhanced the cooling effect.
Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask: Anything that is described as intensely hydrating needs to get on my face but it also needs to live up to its name, which this mask sadly doesn't! Yes, it feels refreshing on the skin but it definitely didn't live up to its claims of plumping and smoothing the skin - if anything, my skin felt drier than before I had applied the mask. It might work for combination skin but for someone with skin like the Sahara, it did nothing!
At £24, this set is good value and it has certainly saved me from spending money on full size products that wouldn't work for my skin. I wish more brands sold sets like this - Glamglow do and I will have a review post on the masks in it on the blog soon. Have you tried any of these masks? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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